America loves its pets. Of the 62 billion dollars that we will spend on pets this year, nearly half will be for supplies, over-the-counter medicine and vet care.
Dog and cats, primarily, are living longer than their ancestors because many owners are supplying the same level of health care that humans receive. They routinely take their pets to veterinarians who concentrate in oncology, cardiology, neurology, and other specialties.
A generation ago, if Rex or Buddy or Fluffy were struck with cancer - or a car - it meant the end of their lives. Now acute and chronic disease or injury doesn't mean the end of the line for them.
Just like their bi-ped owners, four legged friends are recovering better and faster with physical therapy. The same modalities PTs employ for knee-replacement, and other patients, are reaping benefits for Fido. Reducing pain after chemo and improving movement from physical damage can improve and prolong the life of our lovable critters. Dr. Lindsay Seilheimer of Veterinary Specialty Center near Chicago is a proponent of animal PT, “That’s how I came to love rehab, because my own dog is an orthopedic disaster."
The cost of treatment can be steep, and pet insurance may not cover it, but owners pay because pets are part of the family and you can't put a price on love.
This growing specialty has no shortage of jobs. Vet practices and clinics are becoming more comprehensive in the treatments they offer. Not just anyone can put Prince through his paces and have him back chasing rabbits and fetching the paper. Being an animal physical therapist means training.
The Canine Rehabilitation Institute offers certification in Canine Physical Therapy and Canine Sports Medicine. Their enrollment requirements are strict and exclusive. Just being a dog lover won't do. Even medical doctors, occupational therapists, and chiropractors are not accepted into the program. CRI accepts only licensed veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary technicians to become Certified Canine Physical Therapists. Under certain circumstances PT assistants can get a certification as a CPT assistant.
There are no shortage of jobs in the healthcare industry for humans. If you are seeking a position in healthcare or a related field, contact us for help in finding the right place.
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